Church or Cult?

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    Is Westboro Baptist Church a church or a cult? What about the Florida church burning the Q'uran? Is it a church or a cult?

    What's the difference between a church and a cult?
     
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    Do you mean like a "cult following" or as in "following a cult"?
     
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    The only difference between a religion and a cult is the acceptance society put on the cult/religion or not.

    Jesus started out as a cult leader.
     
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    I started this thread because divecon referred to the Florida Christian church that's burning copies of the Q'uran as a cult, he also said the Westboro Baptist Church is a cult.
     
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    See now i would assume a cult has to have some extreme behavior, like the self-flagellating of Opus Dei.
     
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    To an outsider like myself, they're all cults.
     
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    There are a wide variety of meanings to both words.

    Just trying to cultivate some understanding. :eusa_whistle:
     
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    I am too. I was surprised that divecon referred to the Westboro Baptist Church as a cult.
     
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    ALL churches are cults.
     
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    Actually I was trying my hand at a bad pun.

    It's only a guess but I'd hazzard that divecon was refering to the size of the organization wich plays a part in some definitions of the word "cult".
     

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